Mixed Media Artist

March Give Away…

I am missing my spring of days gone by. Snowdrops, crocuses, daffodils … the only flowers in my life right now are the ones that I am painting. January and February have been bitter this year. It is always about this time of year that I really start to miss the season of ‘spring’. Knowing that it is a good few months away isn’t helpful. I shaved my legs and painted my toenails the other day in hope that they may see the light of day soon but alas, I know that this is ridiculous folly on my part. I truly hate my winter coat and boots right now.

I have chosen this reproduction to give away for march.. The subject is more ‘summer’ than ‘spring’ but the colour palette is very ‘springlike’ to me.
So my question to you is, what is your favorite thing about this season? Maybe I can live vicariously through all of you …
Just write you answer in the comment section of this post and I will put your name down for a draw at the end of the month.

32 responses

  1. Gayla

    I love it when my garden springs to life with all the spring flowers, the carolina jasmine on the trellis. The birds come to build nest. I can plant my herbs and some veggies. The dogwoods have their beautiful flowers. Everything is fresh and new.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:20 am

  2. Kimberley Warren

    my favorite thing about this season is all the Final Clearance Sales. although, I think maybe you were going for something about the weather, or nature. But sadly, I have no favorite there.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:20 am

    • Yes, we are in the same boat, alas.

      March 10, 2011 at 4:22 am

  3. Leslie Basse

    My favorite thing about this season is snow skiing. The snow is usually good and it’s not below zero.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:29 am

  4. Hello Maria, you marvelous painter you!

    My favorite thing about the Winter Season? Maria, if you take into account the following, I think we will have a good chance of chasing those wintertime blues away. Your toenails will then be able to bathe in the promise of Spring, and while they are doing that, you can start addressing the mailing tube for my print! Watch my pocket watch go back and forth, back and forth, back and….you are feeling very relaxed, as though you are drifting, drifting, drifting…

    Okay. Yes, we get tired of the overcast, the precipitation, and the cold, but consider this—we need winter! We need change. We need perspective and anticipation. Have you ever lived in sameness? I have. Sure it’s great to live in an area where the average temperature high it 70 degrees, day after day, but… hold on. I think I’ll abandon this particular argument direction. Yeah. Forget I wrote it. Where was I? Oh yeah, imagine no winter! I know you want to, but what then? Fall, followed by Spring? What would that be like? “Rake those leaves, but be please be careful of the bulbs that are coming up!” No. I don’t think so. To enjoy the miracles of Spring, you need it to arise from something austere, like cold, short days, and power outages. Winter is amazing. It is so harsh that we are left to wonder (within our cozy homes), “How is it those birds outside survive this season? How is it the roots don’t freeze solid and kill my shrubs? What does Mr. Owl eat when there seems so few signs of life outside? Don’t we need inspiration in our lives?

    We need winter like we need value change in a painting. We need balance, perspective, and contrast; we need something to contrast summer against. Without winter, think of what we lose!

    To answer your question, winter is a season that brings families together. We spend more time indoors, and we learn patience. Winter reminds us that life isn’t always about going and doing, but that there are times when we should slow down and embrace times of introspection, which is the infrastructure to our soul. This is where thoughts of appreciate are sometimes born, as are thoughts of anticipation. Can you imagine a life without anticipation? If you were to ask us all, “What would life be like if we lived in a season of endless summer,” would those comments be more inspiring to you? More hopeful?

    Look, I don’t love winter, it is my least favorite season, however it doesn’t last forever, and I do believe it imbues us with certain thoughts and feelings which are helpful as a prism through which to view life. Winter can be a teacher of good things, Maria. Your toenails can take solace in this.

    In a few moments I will head outside. Liesl, our dobie, and little Rosebud, our papipoo will follow me to the hen house as they do every morning. They will skip over the puddles here in Oregon, trying to not step in any additional “wet.” There, at the hen house, I will open up the door to release “the girls” (our hens), feed them, give Liesl and Rosie some grain treats as well, and I will look at the seven new chicks that hatched two weeks ago. They are little balls of yellow and black fluff. They, like there parents will shake off winter, and I will marvel at their fortitude. If these little creatures can huddle, persevere, and emerge successfully, so can we, regardless of the challenges life throws our way.

    What do I love about this season? I love what it teaches us!

    Now, when I count to four, you will feel rested, alert, and hopeful once again! One. Two. Three. FOUR!


    March 10, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    • Hi Brian, love what you wrote. Thank you.
      I agree with all that you said, and when I lived in Victoria BC I loved each season as it flowed into the next. The problem is, I now live in Alberta where we don’t have fall or spring but rather winter then summer. Your harshest day of winter is like our spring and summer.
      Thanks again for your comment. I love that you have chickens, that made me smile.
      Also, love your paintings. Beautifully done.
      All the best,

      March 10, 2011 at 4:25 pm

  5. barb daniel

    Hi Maria,
    As a 5 year old in rural Georgia, I was underfoot in my grandmother’s kitchen. She said, “Spring is just around the corner!” I remember running out of the house and turning the corner onto Green street so I could see Spring coming. I only saw what I usually saw…Green street. But walking back home, there, along side the gravel driveway, were the beginnings of her emerging daffodils

    March 10, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    • Barb,
      Lovely. Thanks for sharing this story of innocence and spring.

      March 10, 2011 at 5:55 pm

  6. We are in Idaho and it is still very much winter here, especially this year. We’ve had a lot of snow and I am very tired of it. I’m not a skier and I don’t do well in the cold, so I am very thankful for a warm house and especially our woodstove. It is such a comfort.

    We have had a few sunny days lately which really light up my brain with all the beautiful color on the snowy mountains. It’s quite a sight, especially late afternoon or early morning, with the rosy colors on the peaks.

    I guess my favorite thing this time of year up here at the edge of the earth is that the days are getting longer. It’s quite dramatic this time of year to see more light later each day. The snow is melting down here in the valley and the ground can be seen in places. My tulips, daffodils and irises are just starting to shoot up. If I look closely I can notice a little green grass with all the brown: all reminders of the Resurrection.

    March 10, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    • I am also so grateful for the bright sunny days. The sun makes all the difference. It has been so great this last week to be eating dinner when it was still light out. Yeah for longer days!

      March 11, 2011 at 6:12 am

  7. what a beautiful novel by brian…what a thinker and doer! we could just come here to read but then have the wealth of your paintings to enrich us all. i think i’ll print this out to use for the hope of spring around that corner. i too love our seasonal changes, but tend to get blue when the sun doesn’t show it’s face and i live in northern california, ha!
    i love that i read read read more! thank you for a chance and i also just love the rest of these retorts! xo wanda

    March 10, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    • Thanks Wanda. Me too. They have brightened my day, which was overcast, so that is good!

      March 11, 2011 at 6:14 am

  8. Holly Brinkley

    My favorite things about Spring are the glorious colors of a soft palette of pastel colors and the subtle warmth or the sun that awakens a refreshed spirit in me after a long, gray, cold winter.

    March 11, 2011 at 9:09 pm

  9. Shelly

    My favorite thing about spring? Pussy willows!! Every year I look forward to picking a handful of gorgeous red willowy branches with silvery velvety buds! The smell of fresh cut willows smells like spring.

    March 12, 2011 at 3:15 am

  10. My favorite thing about spring is the return of warm sunshine that lasts for longer and longer periods. The feeling it brings me is exhilarating after a long hard winter…

    March 12, 2011 at 7:04 am

  11. Kay

    What I love about this season—well, I am in Texas so it is warm already—is noticing the redbud trees blooming, pinky-purples and whites; and knowing that the bluebonnets will start to bloom soon, that one day I’ll see a few and then shortly after that the grass on the highways will turn blue. I love it that it is cool enough to walk in the day time as before too long it will be too hot for that to be very fun at all. This is a magnificent time of joy, celebrating energy of spring before the heat sets in.

    March 13, 2011 at 5:57 am

  12. I love the sounds of spring, the water running as the snow melts, the robins first song, the wind fluttering the first leaves on the trees. I love the colors of spring, the little tarda tulips in my garden, the fresh green of the new leaves unfurling in the warmth, the first blades of green grass poking through to the sunshine. I love the smells of spring, the warmth in the air, the clean smell of garden soil warming in the sunshine, the fresh smell of the soft spring wind as it blows away the last of winter. I can close my eyes and just absorb it all, everything fresh and renewed.

    March 13, 2011 at 6:06 am

  13. LOVE your bird in this picture… you capture a great feeling with this painted moment.


    March 14, 2011 at 10:55 am

  14. Katie

    I love the dogwood trees…especially the pink ones that look like cotton candy!! 🙂

    March 16, 2011 at 4:35 pm

  15. Helen

    Since the last few months have been much cooler here n California , I look forward to some warmer weather. My favorite place to visit this time of the year is Palm Springs so I can go bask in the sun. It’s so relaxing to lay by the pool and watch the palm trees sway in the breeze. Ahh I can feel it now just thinking about it! Come on Spring!

    March 19, 2011 at 5:45 pm

  16. it’s all the seemingly delicate plants that manage to push throug the hard, hard earth and burst into such vibrant colours: yellow, pink, orange, deep burgundy… and of course, the green, green leaves…
    such beauty right in our backyard 🙂

    March 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm

  17. DeAnne

    What I love most about this season is that we have sunshine! I live in a high desert climate. Even though there may be snow on the ground and we experience more cold weather than warm, we usually enjoy sunny days or at least some sunshine during the day (the wind blows the clouds away fairly quickly).

    March 27, 2011 at 9:06 pm

  18. Hilary

    I can’t remember if I’m in or not. Looking forward to winning this lively picture!

    March 31, 2011 at 9:54 pm

  19. Hello, Maria
    Oh! This painting is so precious! You should put a book together of all of your art work and publish it! I am sure you would sell many copies of a book like that.
    To me, looking forward to spring is like a rebirth of nature all over again.
    The migrating birds come back through on their way to their natural habitats…the robins, the oriels, and we have crows that scrounge around for remaining hidden walnuts, the hawks soar high over head with their keening, you can hear the woodpeckers rattling away on distant trees.
    The trees break forth with blossoms and within a week the leaves appear quite like magic. The day light hours become longer and there is an awakening in my spirit to do some much needed deep spring cleaning.
    Many tiny flowers appear on the grass, bright blue ones, and yellow dandelion. The feeling that everything is coming alive again with hope, is why I love this time of year.
    hugs and magical fairy dust is coming your way today from…
    Teresa in California

    March 31, 2011 at 11:17 pm

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  21. Well, spring here in my country is synonymous with rain .. lots of rain.
    but it is a sun with rain! Yes sun and rain while.
    in consequence of this, in the evening there is always a rainbow in the sky.
    I love the smell of wet earth .. love to walk in the park after the rains to smell the plants and earth.
    I also like the way the sun always comes too early .. around 5 AM is already dawning, and I like to see my cat enjoying the first rays of sunshine in my window.
    This to me is the best spring .. besides being able to wear a flowery dress and go out and flirt
    I love you art

    April 1, 2011 at 12:15 am

  22. corinne

    le printemps chez moi,c’est la nature qui se réveille….La foret :la chasse vient de se terminer et les biches se montrent plus facilement.J’adore les voir au détours d’un chemin.Le sous -bois se couvre tour à tour d’un tapis de jonquilles jaune qui lui succède en ce moment d’un tapis blanc d’anémones “sylvie”.Les premières feuilles “vert printemps” ornent les arbres……..Dans le jardin les fruitiers sont en fleurs:fleurs banches de l’abricotier et des cerisiers…..Le magnolia grenat est en boutons et les camélias en pleine éclosion…sans oublier les primevères qui envahissent les massifs,mélangées au narcisses et aux tulipes. ah oui,j’allais oublier les muscaris et les giroflées sur les murets au parfum presque entêtant!
    et pour le final:le gazouillis joyeux des oiseaux qui batifolent et nous gconfirment que le printemps est bien installé……..
    voilà,j’espère vous avoir donner un peu mon printemps …………..
    Bien Amicalement


    April 1, 2011 at 7:44 am

    • Thanks everyone. It all sounds wonderful and today, the snow is melting and the sun is shining . Maybe March really did go out like a lamb.

      The draw will be a little later today…

      April 1, 2011 at 3:13 pm

  23. Olivia Obadiah

    I live in rainy Portland, Or. Spring brings sunshine, flowers and play with my gorgeous granddaughters. Your paintings make me feel that we are outside spending precious time together.

    April 1, 2011 at 8:32 pm

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